Hope

“Again Jesus said, peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21)

”Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ”whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” (Isaiah 6,8)

”Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” (Bible 1.cor 13:8)

”Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (matt 22,37)

The amazing Word of God

I’m again amazed by the Word of God! It just blows my mind. I get so encouraged just by thinking and meditation on the truths of the Scriptures. I’m puzzled how I in periods of my life find it struggling to read the Bible, when in “good” periods I feel like I could never stop meditating on the word. Do you feel the same way? What can one do?

I guess perseverance is a key word here. It doesn´t always give us goose bumps of joy when we read the Bible. That doesn´t mean its less important those times. The fish-soup on Monday is by no means of less importance than the Christmas dinner. I guess its a part of this individualistic culture that we´re in that makes us seek whatever feels good. The Bible therefore easily get neglected because we quit when it doesn´t feel good anymore.

From psalm 1 we get to know that those who meditate on the law(the word of God) day and night, will be like a tree planted by streams of whater. It gives its fruit in the right time. 2.timothy also along those lines says it helps us being equipped for all good works.
Its a sword against temptations, and a source of truth and comfort when lies sneaks into our minds.

I added more verses about it below the movie. Also there is a very good text about this at the yourney deeper website! Its worth taking a look at.

You have probably seen “Narnia”. You remember the part when Lucy goes into the wardrobe? I heard someone compare it to opening the Bible. In the beginning it might feel like you just meet these old dusty jackets. Not very exciting. But suddenly this whole world opens up in front of you; the land of Narnia. I heard about someone that had read through the whole Bible more than 50 times, and every time finding new treasures. Its certainly true that its like a treasure cave

Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You. (psalm 119,11)

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Job´s amazing reaction

At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: ”Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” (Job 1,20-21.)

I was reading in the book of Job this other day. We get to know that Job was a blameless and upright man and that he was rich. Suddenly a great tragedy happened to him. All his belongings were destroyed and all of his children died. He lost everything! Verses 20-21 really amazed me. How could he praise God in such a situation? I think the key is he understood that his belongings were not really his. ”The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away”. The successful life was all by grace. Because of this understanding, he was not so detached to the things that he would become angry with God for the loss. Instead he could say “may the name of the Lord be praised”. A beautiful….
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